Pro-Life org celebrates 30 years in Israel, challenges congregations to be more involved

"I can guarantee you that there are woman in your congregations that had an abortion." Sandy Shoshani, National Director of Be'ad Chaim

According to a pro-life survey taken in Israel, a shocking 48 percent of women who underwent an abortion in Israel were married.

Sandy Shoshani, national director of Be’ad Chaim (Pro-Life) in Israel, shared the results of a survey that her organization conducted.  Only 9 percent of women who had an abortion were teenagers and less than 1 percent were rape victims.

Shoshani also dispelled the notion that abortion is not an issue among Israeli congregational members.

“I can guarantee you that there are woman in your congregations that are carrying the shame and guilt of having had an abortion,” Shoshani said. “They may be any age, 40 years old, 60 years old, and are holding this secret and in need of healing.”

To prove her point, she told the audience that she was invited to speak at a large church outside of Israel, and the pastor told her that “abortion is not an issue” in his church. After Shoshani spoke, however, many women came up front and stood in line waiting for prayer for healing.

Israeli Messianic Pastor, Tony Sperandeo
Israeli Messianic Pastor, Tony Sperandeo
Israeli Messianic Pastor, Avi Mizrachi
Israeli Messianic Pastor, Avi Mizrachi

A pro-life banquet was recently held last Thursday, January 30th, 2020, in celebration of 30 years since the founding of Be’ad Chaim‘s founding. The pro-life organization in Israel is run by Messianic believers. The words be’ad chaim literally mean pro-life in Hebrew.

Israeli pastor and  Be’ad Chaim Board Chairman Tony Sperandeo welcomed approximately 100 Israeli congregation and ministry leaders. Pastor Pastor Avi Mizrachi was the MC for the event. Sperandeo said that it’s taken 30 years to build the foundations in the ground and that now is the time for Be’ad Chaim to rise up and be seen.

Sperandeo cast a vision of hosting a Pro-Life March in Israel where tens of thousands of believers from the nations will join thousands of Israeli believers to proclaim the sanctity of life and to fight for the rights of the unborn. Sperandeo challenged the audience to consider how they would respond if they heard someone screaming that people were trying to kill him. Most people would run to assist. The unborn baby, he noted, is screaming too and though it cannot be heard, the need for help is just as vital. Who will stand up for the unborn baby’s right and desire to live?

Shoshani showed two graphic video clips from a film called Unplanned. Be’ad Chaim is in discussions with the creators of Unplanned to show the movie in Israel.

One of the founding members, David Loden sang a song he wrote many years ago for Be’ad Chaim called Beseter (hidden), which is taken from Psalms 139:13-16.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalms 139:13)

Liel Levitsky, who organized the event, shared a personal story about losing her baby through miscarriage after 18 weeks of pregnancy. The doctors warned Levitsky and her husband after initial tests of a high probability of Down syndrome or Edwards syndrome, and encouraged them to terminate the pregnancy. Levitsky shared about the tremendous pressure from doctors and even from fellow believers to “consider” aborting the baby. Levitsky chose to continue with her pregnancy until she was notified that the baby no longer had a heartbeat.

To learn how you can plant a tree and help someone find comfort, closure, and restoration after the loss of a baby through miscarriage, abortion or SIDS, please read Find Healing – Plant a tree in the Gardens of Life for remembering aborted or miscarried babies.

One of the practical ways that Be’ad Chaim assists women in Israel, whether Jew or Gentile, with unwanted pregnancies is by giving them a choice – a choice to keep their baby – when the women feel that they have “no choice” due to financial burdens. Towards this end, Be’ad Chaim has a program called Operation Moses to sponsor a life to cover the financial costs of raising a child for the first year.

“Become a sponsor and help a mother choose LIFE by providing her with essential items her baby will need for their first year of life,” Be’ad Chaim’s website says. “Your generous donation will provide a mother and her baby with a baby bed, stroller, baby bath, diapers, formula, clothes and counseling.”

“For your gift of $1,800 you will bless a mother and her child immensely!”

“Every sponsor will receive a birth certificate together with an update of the mother & baby upon birth. An additional update will be sent at the end of the program, when the baby is a year old. A picture of the baby will be provided depending on the approval of the mother if granted.”

If you feel compelled to stand with Be’ad Chaim financially, you may give directly to Be’ad Chaim through their donate page.